A man in Iowa, accused of participating in a riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, tried despite access to the Internet and found to be in breach of pretrial release conditions. I asked the official not to return him to prison.
Douglas Jensen’s lawyer, Christopher Davis, was released in court on Sunday by visiting a video-sharing website where Jensen posted false information about COVID-19 vaccination and the 2020 presidential election. Wrote that he admitted that he had violated.
“Mr. Jensen knows this is not allowed and is ready to accept the consequences of his actions,” Davis wrote, but said Jensen had complied with all other conditions of his release. Talk to Judge Timothy Kelly of the US District Court and give Jensen another chance.
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“His breach was a serious misunderstanding of the court’s trust, but it was not an act that endangered the community,” he said. “Mr. Jensen urges the court to accept his apology and, if it finds it appropriate, to take sanctions and allow him to stay in prison at home.”
Jensen was released in July after spending six months in prison. At the time, Jensen told the judge that he had been fooled by QAnon’s conspiracy theory and was “bought into a lie pack” and had experienced a “wake-up call” ever since.
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When Kelly released Jensen, he made it clear that he could return to prison by accessing the Internet.
On August 13, pretrial service officials found Jensen listening to a video in the Des Moines garage.
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Phillips wrote that Jensen’s swift breach confirmed what the government and judges had been suspicious of. “Jensen’s alleged denial of QAnon was just an act.”
Jensen, 41, faces crimes such as civil turmoil, assault on law enforcement officers, resistance, and sabotage. In the riot video, Jensen could be seen wearing a T-shirt with the letter “Q”, a symbol of QAnon conspiracy theory. He and other mobs climbed two stairs in the building to chase Eugene Goodman, a police officer in the Capitol.
Davis said Jensen plans to assess his mental health on Friday, and his urge to access the Internet is likely to be the subject of debate. He said Jensen did not post on social media and did not act to accept the conspiracy theory or encourage anyone.
This article was originally published in The Des Moines Register: U.S. Capitol Riot: Des Moines Doug Jensen Trying to Avoid Prison Return